Coventry City

Coventry boss looking to make at least five new signings

With the first team currently containing only 12 players, Coventry City boss Tony Mowbray is hoping to bring in a plethora of new faces to the League One club.

11 players have already departed The Sky Blues on free transfers following the end of the 2015/16 campaign, meaning City boss Tony Mowbray is eager to replenish his squad with fresh new faces.

A scorching run of form to begin the 15/16 League One season saw Coventry labelled as favourites for promotion to the Championship. However, a dismal set of results in the second half of the season saw Coventry crash out of the playoffs places, leaving Mowbray under pressure to succeed in his second full season at the club.

Speaking to the Coventry Telegraph, Mowbray outlined his plans in terms of player recruitment this summer,

“I look at my board and I think I definitely need someone in that position, definitely need two in that position and another one there.

“I need those senior players, more what I call front line footballers who I expect to play a part in the team immediately, maybe five, six, seven, so we’re still building it.”

“It’s not always easy to nail down the ones you want but that’s the challenge. Let’s see how things pan out over the pre-season.”

A successful delve into the loan market last season saw Coventry swoop for Newcastle striker Adam Armstrong, who combined with fellow loanee Jacob Murphy to bag 30 league goals combined. Neither striker signed with the club until after pre-season, with Mowbray asking for patience among those in the Sky Blues’ fanbase nervous about the team’s squad size with a month to go until the new season kicks off.

“Last year we went through the pre-season with virtually no strikers. We didn’t get Adam Armstrong until late, Jacob Murphy came after the first game. It will come.

“The potential loan players will be doing their pre-seasons. Some of those we identified might have new managers who want to have a look at them so we’ll have to wait for a week or two for them to make decisions on them.”

A set of shrewd signings by The Sky Blues would significantly boost Coventry’s chances of challenging for promotion from the third tier for a second straight season.

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